What is it? The voter turnout for the by-poll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Jammu & Kashmir.
Why is it important? It is even less than the 26% polling during 2014’s general election. The meagre turnout was marked by violence, as eight people were killed and 100 security personnel injured. It followed separatists’ call for boycotting the polls, and the resultant mob which resorted to arson.
What is it? The total line of credit extended to Bangladesh by India, on its prime minister, Sheikh Hasina’s state visit to the country.
Why is it important? The new line of credit is in addition to the existing $2.86 bn committed earlier, of which 7.7% has been disbursed. It would not only help Bangladesh, but boost India’s exports to the neighbour as well, which were over $6 billion in FY16. Usually line of credit mandates a value of the contract to be sourced from India.
Tell me more: The projects include defence, energy, electronics and cyber security.
Rs 5,400 crore
What is it? The undisclosed income detected by law enforcement since demonetisation and till January 10.
Why is it important? More than 1,100 raids and 5,100 notices have ended in seizure of 11% of such income or around Rs 610 crore worth of liquid assets.
Tell me more: Out of a total of 1.8 million high-risk cases under the suspicion of undeclared income, 838,000 have sent in responses, while 378,000 are being investigated..
What is it? The maximum number of children an applicant to a government job in Assam can have, according to its new draft population policy.
Why is it important? Assam’s population grew by 17% between 2011 and 2001, lower than the national growth rate of 17.64% in the same period. Some see it as the government’s attempt to control family sizes of immigrants, mostly muslims who are believed to have moved from Bangladesh illegally.
Tell me more: The policy also seeks to deny jobs to those who married before legal age, and to provide free education to girl children.
What is it? The number of cases pending at Allahabad High Court.
Why is it important? The supreme court has now set up a two member panel that will look at reducing the pending court cases. The panel will take up one high court at a time – looking at data, analysing the causes and suggesting solutions. It will start with Allahabad High Court, which has the largest number of pending cases in the country.
Tell me more: Across 24 High Courts, over 4.5 lakh cases are pending, thanks in part to shortage of judges. Only 43.65% of the total sanctioned strength of high court judges have been filled, according to Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-2016. Rajasthan High Court has the oldest pending case in the country. It is pending for 61 years now.